Linda Hunt oversees Dignity Health’s Southwest Division, which is anchored by ten outstanding hospitals in Arizona and Nevada: St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center, Arizona General Hospital – Laveen, Arizona General Hospital – Mesa, Yavapai Regional Medical Center and St. Rose Dominican Rose de Lima, San Martin and Siena hospitals. Under Hunt’s leadership, Dignity Health’s Southwest Division has grown into a respected and comprehensive healthcare system, which also includes imaging centers, specialty hospitals, physician groups, clinics, freestanding emergency rooms, urgent cares, insurance providers, an accountable care organization, a medical school campus and other clinical partnerships. During her previous role as president and CEO of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, the 571-bed facility became one of Arizona’s busiest hospitals and attracted patients from around the world to its Barrow Neurological Institute, Norton Thoracic Institute and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.
Hunt has served on several state and national commissions that are working to shape the future of healthcare and medical education. She is a founding member of the Health System Alliance of Arizona and serves as a board member for Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance. She is the co-chair of Greater Phoenix Leadership’s Affordable Housing and Homelessness Committee, and served as the chair of the Phoenix Forward Healthcare Leadership Council as well as a member of the Governor’s business leadership council, called Arizona Zanjeros. Additionally, she has served on the Governor’s Arizona Commerce Authority Board, Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s Healthcare Leadership Council, Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems Administrative Board of the American Association of Medical Colleges, American Association of Medical Colleges Executive Council, Arizona Commission on Medical Education and Research, Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee and Greater Phoenix Leadership Bioscience Task Force. Hunt has also represented Dignity Health in several community organizations, including Greater Phoenix Leadership and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from William Carey College in Mississippi and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She graduated from the Johnson & Johnson Fellows Program in Management at the prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and was on the faculty at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Regis University in Denver. She recently received an Honorary Doctor of Nursing from Creighton University.
Hunt has received local and national recognition for her leadership in the healthcare field, including being named one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine, a Top 25 Most Admired CEOs by the Phoenix Business Journal, and she was given the Transformational Leader award by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Among numerous other awards are Outstanding Business Leader of the Year from the YWCA, the inaugural Humanitarian Award from the Sage Foundation for Health, being named Bioscience Leader of the Year and being chosen a finalist for the prestigious Athena Award.
Organization Name: Dignity Health Southwest Division
Main Office Address: 3033 N. 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona
Phone: (855) 475-4747